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Psoriasis is a chronic autoimmune condition that primarily affects the skin, causing red, scaly patches on various body parts. While its impact on the skin is well-known, a lesser-discussed aspect of psoriasis often accompanies the condition – hair loss. Let’s explore the relationship between psoriasis and hair loss and discuss the causes and potential solutions.

Understanding Psoriasis and Its Impact

Psoriasis is characterized by accelerated growth of skin cells, leading to the formation of thick, red, and scaly patches known as plaques. These plaques can appear on the following:

  • Scalp
  • Elbows
  • Knees
  • Other areas

When psoriasis affects the scalp, it can lead to a condition called scalp psoriasis. This condition causes discomfort and itching and can result in hair loss. Hair loss in individuals with psoriasis is often attributed to the inflammation and rapid skin cell turnover associated with the condition.

The Link Between Psoriasis and Hair Loss

The connection between psoriasis and hair loss is primarily rooted in the inflammatory response that psoriasis triggers. Inflammation disrupts the normal hair growth cycle, leading to a condition known as "telogen effluvium." This phenomenon causes hair follicles to enter a resting phase prematurely, leading to increased hair shedding. Additionally, constant itching and scratching due to scalp psoriasis can physically damage hair follicles, weakening them and contributing to hair loss.

Treatment and Management

While hair loss can be distressing, it is often reversible with appropriate interventions. Managing psoriasis-related hair loss involves a multidimensional approach that addresses the underlying hair loss. 

Some strategies include:

  • Topical Treatments: Treatments containing corticosteroids, salicylic acid, or coal tar can manage scalp psoriasis. These treatments help reduce inflammation and control excessive skin cell growth, alleviating hair loss.
  • Phototherapy: Light therapy, administered under the guidance of the Certified Dermatology professionals, can effectively treat scalp psoriasis. Exposing the affected area to ultraviolet (UV) light can slow down skin cell turnover and reduce inflammation.
  • Systemic Treatments: For severe cases of psoriasis, we might recommend oral medications or biologic injections to modulate the immune response and reduce inflammation, thereby improving both the skin and hair condition.
  • Hair Care: Using gentle shampoos and avoiding harsh hair treatments can prevent further damage to the scalp and hair follicles. Massaging the scalp while shampooing can help improve blood circulation to the hair follicles.

Certified Dermatology Is Here To Help

At Certified Dermatology, we understand psoriasis's impact on hair loss. That's why we take a personalized approach to treating this condition during your initial appointment. Our experienced dermatologists in the NJ area will carefully review your medical history and work with you to determine the best treatment for your specific condition.

Psoriasis can cause hair loss in different ways, and our team relies on their extensive expertise to ensure that our patients receive the highest level of care. If you're experiencing hair loss due to psoriasis, we're here to help. Visit our locations page to find the Certified Dermatology center nearest you and take the first step towards finding relief. Our team will assist you in scheduling your initial appointment, so you can start feeling better and regaining your confidence as soon as possible.

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